Archive for the ‘Media regulation’ Category

Grassroots radio

Friday, July 25th, 2008

I'm in Portland at GRC13 - the Grassroots Radio Conference. So far it's been a great experience. We're at lunch at the moment (2 hours, so plenty of time to meet people and chat, as well as enjoy the fantastic Middle Eastern food provided). The opportunity to meet with people ...

Overview of Venezuelan media

Monday, July 21st, 2008

One of my colleagues in the ICR, Andrew Kennis, has published an overview of the Venezuelan media system at Narconews. He starts with an analysis of US coverage, such as of the recent decision not to renew the license of one of the independent commercial stations, and moves on to ...

Denis O’Brien awarded all three Irish television multiplex licenses

Monday, July 21st, 2008

The BCI has just announced the results of its DTT licensing process. It had three applicants for three multiplex contracts, and decided to award all three contracts to the one applicant (each applicant had applied for all three of the contracts on an 'all or nothing' basis). That applicant is ...

Sitting in on the NCMR keynotes

Saturday, June 7th, 2008

As I mentioned in my previous post I'm currently at the National Conference for Media Reform in Minneapolis. Yesterday was designated as an 'evening on the town' by writ of the organizers, and I ended up spending much of it at several of the receptions run by groups like IPA, ...

Grassroots organizing at the NCMR

Friday, June 6th, 2008

I'm at a grassroots action session at the Media Reform conference in Minneapolis. There's some useful tips on productive activity, but perhaps the most useful aspect, for me, is a reminder is of the common aspects across organizing - talk to people, identify goals, set achievable (and concrete) targets. I got ...

Postal services in Europe – have your say

Thursday, April 17th, 2008

This from the Comreg list:ComReg was asked by ECORYS for help in identifying consumers who are willing to participate in a short web-survey on customer needs for postal services.  This is part of a study that ECORYS is undertaking for the European Commission on The Main Developments in the Postal ...

FCC developments on LPFM

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Below are the comments I submitted to the FCC as part of their second notice of proposed rule-making on LPFM:My name is Andrew Ó Baoill, and I am station manager of WRFU-LP, a radio station in Urbana, IL, that is one of the beneficiaries and progeny of the LPFM licensing ...

The Cliff Richards performance copyright extension

Friday, February 15th, 2008

The EU commission is proposing to extend copyright terms for performers of music, to match the existing terms for composers. The notion of retroactive extension is problematic (though not unprecedented), but there are some interesting aspects to the proposal:For session musicians, the record companies will set up a fund reserving at least ...

Contacting RTÉ about medium wave

Friday, February 15th, 2008

I've discussed the pending elimination of medium wave broadcasts a number of times here. If you're interested in contacting RTÉ to comment on the decision, their Information Office is the most readily available email address you can use.  I've already contacted RTÉ, and include the text of my email below.

Continued EU attacks on public service broadcasting

Tuesday, January 15th, 2008

The EU continues its slow assault on public service broadcasting (framed as preventing 'unfair' subvention that might interfere with commercial media operations) with a new consultation process into state aid and public broadcasting. The consultation runs until 10th March, 2008, and responses can be made online.